A mountainous massif between Athens and the Mesogia plain. Much of the area consists of rocky slopes with phrygana and other scrub. The western area of the site is a Pinus plantation, now regenerating naturally.
The site is particularly important for species associated with phrygana. Breeding birds include seven of the 21 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Mediterranean biome. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni (passage).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Ymittos. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/10/2020.